Chicago style grill seasoning

all purpose grill seasoning recipe

Summer is all about grilling - and nothing is safe around our house once the grill is lit. Steaks, chicken, fish - we pretty much throw whatever we eat on the grill during the hot weather months, because there's nothing worse than fighting 100 degree temps by firing up the stove at the end of the day. Plus, hello charcoal... it's a steak's best … [Read more...]

Shark Bite – a simple summer cocktail

shark bite cocktail via Gina Luker

Dreaming of a little beach vacay, but just can't get away? Sometimes getting together with a friend or two for an afternoon of relaxation with a cocktail or two is just what you need. Summer time means I like bringing a beachier vibe to our cocktail bar, and this cocktail is totally perfect to sip during the long summer afternoons. This … [Read more...]

Brownie a la Mode (in a jar) with salted caramel sauce

Brownie A La Mode in a Jar

Summer is all about family entertaining around my house. Lots of teenagers hanging out, lots of family cookouts, lots of fun, sun and good food. So what do you do when you want to feed a crowd something special for dessert without making a huge mess? Portion things so it can go quickly and easily, while still keeping it delicious. Which is why I … [Read more...]

Beautiful Berry Tart

berry tart - perfect for summer!

Happy May everyone! I am so happy to be back with a light, fruity dessert that is almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.   I love to make fresh fruit desserts in the Spring. The blooming of the season just seems to compliment eating fresh and light. So now is the perfect time to make my Beautiful Berry Tart. It's a crowd pleaser to the … [Read more...]

Grape Julius Popsicles

closet hacks - hot glue on hangers to hold clothes better

Hey there, it is Emily from The Benson Street! I love that spring has sprung and summer is creeping up on us. What is warmer weather without a cool yummy treat? It is just plain hot. I love to cool off with cold treats. One of my favorite drinks is a Grape Julius! They are simple enough to whip up and help cool you off from the inside out. I've … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Beef Taco Stuffed Peppers


There are two dinner menus our kids love more than anything. Pizza night and taco night and I kind of have to agree that they are two of our favorites as well. It's me, Claire, from A Little CLAIREification and sometimes Mr. Claire and I like to take "taco night" up a notch - or ten - with these delicious Slow Cooker Beef Taco Stuffed … [Read more...]

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

loaded baked potato salad recipe

Potato salad is a summer staple - especially in the south. We like all kinds of potato salads, but my family's favorite is loaded baked potato salad. I've always made it the traditional way of boiling potatoes and then adding in the "loaded" ingredients, but one day I decided to bake the potatoes instead - and it was so fantastic that I decided to … [Read more...]

Double Mint Brownies


Hi there Shabby Creek Cottage readers! It's Laura, back from Inspiration for Moms with a fun dessert recipe just for you. Spring is finally here and it's time to celebrate with a fabulous treat that is packed full of mint.  My Double Mint Brownies are irresistibly cool all because of a secret ingredient! Before we get to this sweet mint … [Read more...]

Quick Meals: 15 minute beef stew

15 minute beef stew recipe

Cooler temps seem to require heartier food - but that doesn't mean I have time to slave away at the stove or tend to a pot for hours. Or sometimes I just forget to put stuff in the slow cooker, but we still want a warm meal to battle the blustery day. On those days, this is the meal I throw together: 15 minute beef stew. A quick stop at the grocery … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Asiago and Asparagus Risotto


Hi there, Shabby Creek friends!  It's me Claire, from A Little CLAIREification, and I'm back for another installment of slow cooker inspiration. I actually thought last month's French Onion Style Mushrooms could be the end ALL as far as one of the most easy and delicious Crock-Pot dishes I'd ever made. However, this Slow Cooker Asiago and … [Read more...]